, a chief of staff
is the primary aide to a political leader or position. The post is called chef de cabinet
: "chief of cabinet") in the context of directorates-general
of the European Commission
. One who is a chief of staff is usually appointed directly by the officeholder he or she serves, and in cases like the White House Chief of Staff
, does not require legislative confirmation
. Likewise, the chief of staff may be dismissed at any time.